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toe

I.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
big toe
follow/toe the party line (=to support the official opinion)
▪ He refused to toe the party line.
stand on tiptoe/stand on your toes (=support yourself on your toes)
▪ If he stood on tiptoe, he could reach the shelf.
toe nail (also toenail)
▪ His toenails were long and dirty.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
bare
▪ Spilt drink stuck to my bare toes, and when I tried to wipe it off, it changed into blood.
▪ He looks under the table and sees a bare toe rubbing the toe of his sneaker.
▪ He lay perfectly still, brows arched in surprise, bare toes quivering as the blood drained out of him.
▪ The sight of her bare toes made him feel slightly religious.
▪ She had lost one of her shoes; broken glass had cut her bare toes.
▪ He finished off his unhurried inventory by taking in her bare and dainty toes.
▪ She watched her bare toe rub against the whitened concrete of the balcony.
big
▪ If you want to survive, you shivering ninny, you might as well shoot off your big toe.
▪ One of her big toes had an old sticker of scab on it behind the nail.
▪ Does the state of affairs include the existence of the tutor's big toe or not?
▪ She's misjudged the weight of the chromium door and crushed her big toe.
▪ Leave about half an inch between your big toe and the end of the shoe.
▪ He was wearing green socks, with the big toes sticking out.
▪ I lost the tips of three toes on my left foot and the whole pad of my big toe.
▪ On my right foot the pad of my big toe and the tips of all my other toes were four thickness burns.
little
▪ Sticking with an employee who breaks his little toe is one thing; keeping timeservers who endanger profitability is another.
▪ Some people could cut their little toe and give up and bleed to death.
▪ He has already sacrificed part of his little toe on the right foot on a previous expedition.
■ VERB
break
▪ Sticking with an employee who breaks his little toe is one thing; keeping timeservers who endanger profitability is another.
▪ Alvin, who had broken a toe, was left behind.
▪ How about this old broken toe?
curl
▪ Still lying down, bend the knees and raise the legs. 9. Curl your toes back.
▪ Even curl my toes around it.
▪ Kathleen Parkinson, Bicester, Oxon Does anybody actually curl their toes in embarrassment?
▪ Heather repeated her demand in Swahili. jacko faced his curling toes.
▪ Start as before, first bending the knees, then straightening the legs. 13. Curl your toes back.
▪ Lying flat on your back, bend the knees, then raise the legs. 14. Curl your toes back.
dip
▪ But here at Prima we're very happy to he dipping a toe in the internet waters in a very good cause.
▪ But dipping a toe into the contracting pond can be problematic.
▪ Best with which to dip your toes?
▪ Tentatively, some dipped their toes to test the water.
▪ But companies are beginning to dip their toes into these turbid waters.
▪ So it's an excellent time to dip a toe into the ocean of investment opportunities.
keep
▪ Meetings are held every nineteen days, not necessarily Sundays, which must keep people on their toes.
▪ Inflation, which depletes the value of stocks and bonds, also keeps investors on their toes.
▪ But it will be the pre-Christmas period that will keep McBride on his toes.
▪ He just wanted to keep you on your toes.
▪ And, keeping them on their toes ... the doctors who walk eighteen miles a day.
▪ You have to have good people doing these jobs, and you have to keep folks on their toes.
▪ We need our ordinary grumbling members to keep us on our toes.
▪ He keeps them on their toes.
point
▪ Raise and straighten your left leg, pointing the toes up and down.
▪ She wore brown leather shoes with pointed toes and high heels.
▪ Léonie pointed her toe and wrote an imaginary signature in the dust.
▪ What do they do besides wave their arms and point their toes?
stand
▪ My opponent was much the same height, build and temperament; we stood toe to toe and swapped blow for blow.
▪ Then she stood up on her toes, kissed the corner of my mouth, and disappeared into the building.
▪ Hardin fidgeted and stood on his toes to better his view.
▪ She stood up on her toes to get a better look at the silent, snow-sunk meadow.
step
▪ But that will make AT&T's service and equipment-manufacturing businesses step on each other's toes again.
▪ I had stepped on his toes.
▪ This will involve stepping on the toes of the takeaway market.
▪ It is said the reason why Taurus ran into trouble was a reluctance to step on anyone's toes.
touch
▪ Bend from the waist, with your arms still straight, and touch your toes.
▪ Can you touch your toes while keeping your legs straight?
▪ Slowly lean over with both arms to try to touch the toe of your outstretched foot.
tread
▪ I danced rigidly with Giacomo, kicking his shins and treading on his toes.
▪ She has a sharp cutting edge and woe betide the Europhile who treads on her toes.
▪ Danny's filthy fingernails were digging into his neck and his one foot was treading on Henry's toes.
▪ But I don't want us to tread on each other's toes.
▪ Don't know the rules, don't want to tread on any toes.
wiggle
▪ She wiggled her toes and gave a sigh of relief.
▪ He stuck out one foot and wiggled the toes.
▪ As she woke up she was encouraged to move around in bed and wiggle her toes.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
from top to toe
▪ But John and Veronica Saunders still make time to decorate their home from top to toe.
▪ When the body was naked, it was X-rayed from top to toe.
point your toes
▪ What do they do besides wave their arms and point their toes?
step on sb's toes
▪ I'm new here, so I don't want to step on anyone's toes.
▪ I told Tony I didn't want to step on his toes.
▪ But that will make AT&T's service and equipment-manufacturing businesses step on each other's toes again.
▪ I had stepped on his toes.
▪ It is said the reason why Taurus ran into trouble was a reluctance to step on anyone's toes.
▪ This will involve stepping on the toes of the takeaway market.
stub your toe
▪ As a prominent figure in Rottweiler rescue, she's stubbed her toe on more unfair bullying and downright idiocy than most.
▪ Distracted, Luce stubbed her toe against a piece of raised planking and tripped.
▪ It is one thing to say it when you stub your toe.
▪ Jackie seemed to float upwards and Sam stubbed his toe.
▪ Never mind that the offense continued to stub its toe on all but one trip inside Minnesota territory on the afternoon.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ He looks under the table and sees a bare toe rubbing the toe of his sneaker.
▪ In each directorate-general there is a leader, who keeps his team on their toes...
▪ Invariably our toes are unnaturally cramped into odd-shaped shoes and the feet raised because we choose to teeter around in high heels!
▪ Like on horseback, I hold on with the tips of my toes.
▪ Ruth's toes curled under the table.
▪ She has a sharp cutting edge and woe betide the Europhile who treads on her toes.
II.verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
line
▪ Journalists who refuse to toe the line will have to be sacked.
▪ There, all people toed the same starting line.
▪ They were no longer the oppressed, wretched teen menials who must take orders, toe the line.
▪ You are put in a slot and expected to toe the line.
▪ The party stalwarts toe the presidential line and shout down those who disagree.
▪ He could be expected, then, to toe the line when it came to military versus civilian decisions.
▪ And yet de Gaulle himself was remarkably confident that the army would toe the line.
■ VERB
stand
▪ My opponent was much the same height, build and temperament; we stood toe to toe and swapped blow for blow.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
from top to toe
▪ But John and Veronica Saunders still make time to decorate their home from top to toe.
▪ When the body was naked, it was X-rayed from top to toe.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ He could be expected, then, to toe the line when it came to military versus civilian decisions.
▪ The party stalwarts toe the presidential line and shout down those who disagree.
Wikipedia

Toe

Toes are the digits of the foot of a tetrapod. Animal species such as cats that walk on their toes are described as being digitigrade. Humans, and other animals that walk on the soles of their feet, are described as being plantigrade; unguligrade animals are those that walk on hooves at the tips of their toes.

Toe (disambiguation)

A toe is a digit of the foot of a human or animal.

Toe or TOE may also refer to:

Toe (band)

Toe is a Japanese rock band from Tokyo. While mentioned in many post-rock circles, their song structure and dynamics are also similar to many popular math rock artists. The group was founded in 2000 and consists of four members; Kashikura Takashi (drums), Mino Takaaki (guitar), Yamane Satoshi (bass guitar), and Yamazaki Hirokazu (guitar).

Toe (automotive)

In automotive engineering, toe, also known as tracking, is the symmetric angle that each wheel makes with the longitudinal axis of the vehicle, as a function of static geometry, and kinematic and compliant effects. This can be contrasted with steer, which is the antisymmetric angle, i.e. both wheels point to the left or right, in parallel (roughly). Negative toe, or toe out, is the front of the wheel pointing away from the centerline of the vehicle. Positive toe, or toe in, is the front of the wheel pointing towards the centerline of the vehicle. Toe can be measured in linear units, at the front of the tire, or as an angular deflection.

In a rear wheel drive car, increased front toe in provides greater straight-line stability at the cost of some sluggishness of turning response. The wear on the tires is marginally increased as the tires are under slight side slip conditions. On front wheel drive cars, the situation is more complex.

Toe is always adjustable in production automobiles, even though caster angle and camber angle are often not adjustable. Maintenance of front end alignment, which used to involve all three adjustments, currently involves only setting the toe; in most cases, even for a car in which caster or camber are adjustable, only the toe will need adjustment. One related concept is that the proper toe for straight line travel of a vehicle will not be correct while turning, since the inside wheel must travel around a smaller radius than the outside wheel; to compensate for this, the steering linkage typically conforms more or less to Ackermann steering geometry, modified to suit the characteristics of the individual vehicle.

Wiktionary

toe

n. 1 Each of the five digits on the end of the foot. 2 An equivalent part in an animal. 3 That part of a shoe or sock covering the toe. 4 Something resembling a toe, especially at the bottom or extreme end of something. 5 (context dance English) An advanced form of ballet primarily for the females, dancing ballet primarily using a Pointe shoe. 6 An alignment of the wheels of a road vehicle with positive '''toe''' (or '''toe''' in) signifying that the wheels are closer together at the front than at the back and negative '''toe''' (or '''toe''' out) the opposite. 7 (context engineering English) The journal, or pivot, at the lower end of a revolving shaft or spindle, which rests in a step. 8 (context engineering English) A lateral projection at one end, or between the ends, of a piece, such as a rod or bolt, by means of which it is moved. 9 (context engineering English) A projection from the periphery of a revolving piece, acting as a cam to lift another piece. 10 (context carpentry English) the long side of an angled cut vb. 1 To furnish with a toe. 2 To touch, tap or kick with the toes.

The Collaborative International Dictionary

Toe

Toe \Toe\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Toed; p. pr. & vb. n. Toeing.] To touch or reach with the toes; to come fully up to; as, to toe the mark.

Toe

Toe \Toe\, v. i. To hold or carry the toes (in a certain way).

To toe in, to stand or carry the feet in such a way that the toes of either foot incline toward the other.

To toe out, to have the toes of each foot, in standing or walking, incline from the other foot.

Toe

Toe \Toe\, n. [OE. too, taa, AS. t[=a]; akin to D. teen, G. zehe, OHG. z[=e]ha, Icel. t[=a], Sw. t[*a], Dan. taa; of uncertain origin. [root]60.]

  1. (Anat.) One of the terminal members, or digits, of the foot of a man or an animal. ``Each one, tripping on his toe.''
    --Shak.

  2. (Zo["o]l.) The fore part of the hoof or foot of an animal.

  3. Anything, or any part, corresponding to the toe of the foot; as, the toe of a boot; the toe of a skate.

  4. (Mach.)

    1. The journal, or pivot, at the lower end of a revolving shaft or spindle, which rests in a step.

    2. A lateral projection at one end, or between the ends, of a piece, as a rod or bolt, by means of which it is moved.

    3. A projection from the periphery of a revolving piece, acting as a cam to lift another piece.

      Toe biter (Zo["o]l.), a tadpole; a polliwig.

      Toe drop (Med.), a morbid condition of the foot in which the toe is depressed and the heel elevated, as in talipes equinus. See Talipes.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

toe

Old English ta "toe" (plural tan), contraction of *tahe (Mercian tahæ), from Proto-Germanic *taihwo (cognates: Old Norse ta, Old Frisian tane, Middle Dutch te, Dutch teen (perhaps originally a plural), Old High German zecha, German Zehe "toe"). Perhaps originally meaning "fingers" as well (many PIE languages still use one word to mean both fingers and toes), and thus from PIE root *deik- "to show" (see diction).\n\nÞo stode hii I-armed fram heued to þe ton.

[Robert of Gloucester, "Chronicle," c.1300]

\nThe old plural survived regionally into Middle English as tan, ton. To be on (one's) toes "alert, eager" is recorded from 1921. To step on (someone's) toes in the figurative sense "give offense" is from late 14c. Toe-hold "support for the toe of a boot in climbing" is from 1880.

toe

"touch or reach with the toes," 1813, from toe (n.). First recorded in expression toe the mark, which seems to be nautical in origin.The chief mate ... marked a line on the deck, brought the two boys up to it, making them "toe the mark." [R.H. Dana, "Two Years Before the Mast," 1840]\nRelated: Toed; toeing.\n

WordNet

toe

adj. having a toe or toes of a specified kind; often used in combination; "long-toed"; "five-toed" [syn: toed] [ant: toeless]

toe

  1. v. walk so that the toes assume an indicated position or direction; "She toes inwards"

  2. drive obliquely; "toe a nail" [syn: toenail]

  3. hit (a golf ball) with the toe of the club

  4. drive (a golf ball) with the toe of the club

  5. touch with the toe

toe

  1. n. one of the digits of the foot

  2. the part of footwear that provides a covering for the toes

  3. forepart of a hoof

  4. (golf) the part of a clubhead farthest from the shaft

Usage examples of "toe".

The joints of the elbow, wrist, ankle, or toes, may, however, be affected with this disease, but we shall speak of it in this connection as affecting only the knee-joint.

His eyes were hard as flint rock when they swept her from head to toe, and Agate was sure they held no small amount of suspicion.

Pewt he had the close and Mister Purington he nocked at the door and he asked for me and when i come to the door he made Pewt give me the close and then he told Pewt to tell me he was sorry for what he had done and Pewt he dident want to say it but Mister Purington most lifted Pewt of the ground by the ear and then Pewt he said he was sorry kind of mad like and Mister Purington lifted him up agen til Pewt he stood on his tip toes and his face was all onesided and his eyes all squinty and then he had to say it over agen polite.

Spreading his toes out for balance, Alec blinked up at her and gave a soft hoot.

With his toes locked in branchiets, Alfin reeled the bird into knife range.

She tapped her toe impatiently, wondering why Duncan persisted in talking about old and withered Eglantine when she, ripe and lovely Alienor, was directly before him.

In the clearing around the Twins many of the Amar were already asleep, rolled tight into their sleeping leathers, their heads covered, their toes naked to the darkening night.

Apparently having lost sight of Madison Sheffield, Amaryllis came down off her toes and turned back to the array of artifacts in the display case.

This put my picaro amigo into a black mood, and I spent the day away from the camp to keep the wrath of his boot toe away from my backside.

The King in robes of Golde, caused the yoong Damosell that stood before the Queene, to marche forwarde to the third Checker, direct in the first remooue, whereupon immediately there was seene a battaile and Torney, with so swift and sodaine forces, bending themselues to the grounde as it were lying close vpon their Garde, and presently vpon it capering vp with a turne twise aboue ground, one iust opposite against an other, and vpon their downe come withall a turne vpon the toe thrise about.

They walk in the middle of winter with their poor little toes pinched into a miniature slipper, incapable of excluding as much moisture as might bedew a primrose.

Voor zoover mij bekend is, werd hij tot nu toe nog nooit levend naar Europa gebracht.

Eene vrees voor haar leven belette haar te denken, maar hoe angstiger die vrees haar het harte omklemde, hoe krachtiger zij er zich toe dwong.

Vincent toe, die haar schertsenderwijze met zijn binocle begon te fixeeren, waarop Eline zich coquet achter haar waaier verborg.

Hij ging naar Sandoz toe om die naar zijn stoel te helpen en wierp een boze blik naar Voelker.